Free summer meals start June 3

Children under 18 can eat free while school's out this summer.

Children 18 years old and younger can enjoy free meals beginning Monday, June 3, and continuing through Friday, July 26, at eight locations across Jackson County.

Meals from a federally-funded initiative, administered by the Jackson County School System’s school nutrition program, will be served onboard school buses at stops in the Maysville, Commerce, and Nicholson areas. Two other locations will offer breakfast and lunch.

No service will be available July 4-5.

Meals must be consumed onsite, and only one meal per child is available, according to Dr. Debra Morris, JCSS’s director of school nutrition. Adults who wish to eat will be charged $3.50 per meal. 

Dr. Morris said communities are selected based on the need in a given area and the resources available for distribution. Any family in Jackson County is eligible to participate in the program at any of the locations.

Route 1 has its first stop at Pleasant Acres, 30 Hale Road, Maysville, at 11 a.m., departing at 11:40. It will stop next at the Commerce Library, 1344 S. Broad St., at noon, departing at 12:30; and end its route at 100 Heritage Hills Drive, serving from 12:40 to 1 p.m.

Route 2, covering the Nicholson area, stops in Fox Chase on GW Wilson Road from 11 a.m. to 11:40; continues to Sandford Road in Fox Chase, where it stops from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; and winds up at the Harold Swindle Public Library, 5466 Highway 441 S, from 12:30 p.m. to 1.

In addition to the two routes, breakfast and lunch also will be served at East Jackson Comprehensive High School, 1435 Hoods Mill Road, and the Boys & Girls Club of Commerce, 45 Ridgeway St.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at EJCHS and from 8 a.m. to 8:30 at the Boys & Girls Club. Lunch will be offered at EJCHS from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at the Boys & Girls Club from noon to 12:30 p.m.

The program is part of the Seamless Summer Food Program, which helps fill the summer meal gap for children when national school lunch and school breakfast program meals are not available.

For more information, call 706-367-5151.

A table with the information is provided as a PDF below for easy reference or printing.

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